A newsletter of Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis APRIL-JUNE 2008 INSIDE THIS ISSUE LETTER FROM THE CEO PAGE 2 OUR PROGRAMS PAGE 3-5 History of the Bell During the early days of mental health treatment, asylums often restrained persons with mental illness by iron chains and shackles around their ankles and wrists. With better under- standing and treatments, this cruel practice eventually stopped. In the early 1950s, the National Mental Health Association issued a call to asylums across the country for their discarded chains and shackles.
On April 13, 1956, at the McShane Bell Foundry in Baltimore, MD, the National Mental Health Association melted down these inhumane bindings and recast them into a sign of hope: the Mental Health Bell. Now the symbol of Mental Health America and its af liates, the 300- pound Bell serves as a a powerful reminder that the chains of misunder- standing and discrimination continue to bind people with mental illnesses. Today the Mental Health Bell rings out hope for improving mental health and achieving victory over mental illness.
Famous People and Mental Illness Just around the corner is Men- tal Health Awareness month. Numerous famous people throughout history have suf- fered from mental illness. Their ... more. less.
contributions to our world are limitless and their continued perseverance is a testimony to their resiliency.<br><br> Abraham Lincoln The sixteenth President of the United States suffered from severe depression and had occasional thoughts of suicide, as noted in biographies by Carl Sandburg. Ludwig van Beethoven Written in cThe Key to Ge- nius: Manic Depression and the Creative Life d by D. Jablow Hershman and Julian Lieb it is learned that the composer suf- fered from bipolar disorder.<br><br> Brooke Shields The popular actress discussed her Post Partum Depression in her book cDown Came the Rain: My Journey Through Post Partum Depression. d Patty Duke In her autobiography and made-for-TV movie cCall Me Anna d and cA Brilliant Mad- ness: Living with Manic-De- pressive Illness d, the Oscar winning actress documents her bipolar disorder. Winston Churchill Prime Minister of Great Brit- ain stated in his own writings that he suffered from severe depression. Jane Pauley The former NBC broadcaster wrote about her struggle with depression and bipolar disor- der in her book, cSkywriting: A Life Out of the Blue. d Georgia O 9Keefe The artist was brie6 y hospital- ized for depression.<br><br> After her hospitalization she created many of her famous paintings. Mike Wallace The 60 Minutes contributor has suffered bouts of depres- sion throughout his life. Medi- cation and therapy has kept his depression under control.<br><br> May is Mental Health Awareness Month There is a social stigma associated with mental illness, and this stigma prevents the majority of people with mental illnesses from seeking help. Mental Health Month occurs each year in May and is designed to increase aware- ness about mental illness to reduce stigmatized thinking. The Bell Ringer is a publication of Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis.<br><br> Story ideas, corrections, or submissions should be directed to the editor, Tracey Rice, Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis, 2506 Willowbrook Parkway, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46205, 317-251-0005 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Letter from the CEO Continued Learning While attending a United Way agency executive meeting this week, we learned that generally speaking, any skills or information more than two years old is likely outdated. With that being said, we have a responsibility as individuals and an organization to continually challenge our skills, knowledge, and beliefs.<br><br> Despite our budget challenges, as an organization we encourage each employee to attend training workshops, seminars, and conferences. Not only does this broaden and update their skills and knowledge base, but it allows them to get outside of their day-to-day routine and share concepts, ideas, and challenges with other professionals. This networking is essential to grow and remain strong as an organization.<br><br> It is also part of our mission to assist our fellow professionals working in the mental health ? eld, stu- dents studying mental health issues, and families coping with mental illness in getting answers and learning new information. In February, we carried on our long tradition of partnering with the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry to offer their Arthur B.<br><br> Richter keynote speaker to a lay audience. Dr. Rosemary Tannock shared her research on the causes and treatment of attention-de?<br><br> cit/hyper- activity disorder and how it overlaps with learning disabilities. Paul Ash from the Indiana Department of Education and Deborah Stamper and Claudia Dominik from the Midtown Community Mental Health Center, provided a panel discussion for additional questions and consideration of the topic. Some of the recurring cah-ha 9s d we got from this session included cpaying attention to inattention d in pre- school and elementary school children.<br><br> Dr. Tannock found that inattention reported by kindergarten teachers was one of the strongest predictors of poor reading and math skills by 5th grade. Because inattention is not as noticeable as disruptive behavior, it was often missed.<br><br> In addition, these kids were found to have normal to above average IQs, so we cannot let them slip through the cracks be- cause they learn differently! All in all, we had such a great response to this program that we 9ve decided to host these small infor- mation sessions quarterly. We 9ve dubbed them MHAGI cwe pronounce this Maggie! d Minis.<br><br> Watch for more information on our summer MHAGI Mini! I couldn 9t close without a plug for our outstanding line up of conference speakers for May 2! This year 9s conference will focus on Trauma and will provide important knowledge and tools for all of us to better understand what happens after experiencing a traumatic event.<br><br> See the insert for registration information and share with others! Page 2 Management Team Chief Executive Of? cer: Gina Brooks email@example.com Chief Operating Of?<br><br> cer: Mark Rozales firstname.lastname@example.org Chief Financial Of? cer: Robin Disney email@example.com Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis (317) 251-0005 Page 3 Crisis and Suicide Intervention Service Five new volunteers trained to become crisis assistants for CSIS program in February. MHAGI welcomes new volunteers Dale Carter, Jason Kersey, Thomas McDaniel, Julie Ochs, and Jeremy O 9Connor.<br><br> All are enthusiastic and dedicated about their new venture in volunteering and MHAGI is thrilled to add them to our corps of devoted volunteers. Congratulations to Elizabeth Boyle for being promoted to Director of the Crisis and Suicide Intervention Service. Elizabeth has been with the CSIS program 8 years.<br><br> Elizabeth 9s promotion is well deserved due to her high level of commitment and her background working in the crisis arena. Adult Guardianship Service Congratulations to Marcia Brown who is promoted to the Director of Adult Guardianship Services. Marcia has been with the AGS program since January 2007.<br><br> Marcia brings a wealth of knowledge to this position and MHAGI looks forward to her leadership in the AGS program for years to come. MHAGI rolls-out the red carpet for Rosie Carney. Rosie has joined our staff as a new case manager for the AGS program.<br><br> Rosie is well known in the circle of mental health and is excited about her new position. Prior to coming to MHAGI, Rosie worked for the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions as the D rst Bureau Chief for Consumer and Family Affairs. Rosie received her BA in Sociology and Elementary Education from Nazareth College and received her Masters in Education in Counseling and Guidance from Indiana University.<br><br> Diversion Programs Welcome aboard Laura Weaver and Kandra Sejas, MHAGI 9s new staff in the Diversion Program. SpeciD cally, Laura has been named PAIR Coordinator and Kandra Mental Health Liaison for Community Corrections. Prior to joining MHAGI, Laura worked at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as Campaign Coordina- tor/Manager for Team in Training.<br><br> Laura received her Bachelor 9s Degree from Indiana Univer- sity majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Currently she is working on her Master 9s in School Counseling at IUPUI. Before becoming a member of the MHAGI staff, Kandra was a Clinical Behavioral Specialist with Cincin- nati Children 9s Hospital.<br><br> Kandra received her BA from Marian College in Psychology and Sociology and received her MA in Applied Behavioral Science from Wright State University. One Mission.....Many Programs Are you looking for a volunteer experience? The Crisis & Suicide Intervention Service is looking for new vol- unteers to take phone calls from their home from individuals in crisis.<br><br> The next volunteer train- ing begins on Saturday, June 7, 2008. " Volunteer duties include: Comprehensive 40-hour expe- riential training " Minimum of 6 hours a week volunteering for the D rst year " Ongoing in-service training and D eld trips Contact Elizabeth Boyle at (317) 251-0005 or eboyle@mhaindy. net for further information.<br><br> New CSIS Clinical Associate Jeremy O 9 Connor receives guidance from CSIS Director Elizabeth Boyle. MHAGI 9s newest staff members, Rosie Carney, Kandra Sejas, and Laura Weaver Page 4 One Mission.....Many Programs For the Office: New fax machine New copy machine Scanner Small Step-stool Copy paper Colored paper Ink pens Highlighters Paper clips Paper binder clips Clear-view 3-ring binders For the Kitchen: Stainless Steel dinner forks and teaspoons Paper service wear 3 plates, nap- kins, cups, utensils Coffee creamer Arti? cial sweetener Sugar Automatic dish soap Liquid hand soap 9x13 pans Cookie sheets Stock Pot Skillets, various sizes Sauté Pans, various sizes We are wishing for& Adult Guardianship Services: Lateral File Cabinets that lock Inspirational note cards 3blank inside (100) Inspirational Birthday cards (100) Lap covers (blankets) for indi- viduals in wheelchairs Digital camera with separate memory stick Our Diversion Programs: DSM IV books (2) Business Messenger Bag Small luggage suitcase on wheels Educational Outreach: Laptop computer Business messenger bag Residential Services: Lawn mower Gas-powered weed-eater Vacuum cleaner (2) Tupperwear containers Pots and pans Flip Chart Crisis and Suicide Intervention Service (317) 251-7575 or 1-800-273-TALK Mark Your Calendar for upcoming events of our friends!<br><br> NAMI FaithCep presents: cThe Mental Health of our Children and Youth d 7th An- nual Mending the Mind and Minding the Soul For clergy and congregational leaders of all faiths Christian Theological Seminary Thursday, May 15, 2008 / 9:00am 3 4:00pm 1000 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis www.namiindy.com The Central Indiana Chapter of the American Foundation for Sui- cide Prevention presents: cConnersvine in Concert, fea- turing Hunter Smith & Chris Wilson d Second Presbyterian Church May 2, 2008 at 7:00pm Available at the church desk and Counseling Center (or) Lbrattain4AFSP@aol.com firstname.lastname@example.org Save Paper! Would you like to receive the MHAGI BellRinger by email in- stead of snail mail? Please send a note with your email address to trice@mhain- dy.net Bird Houses I love the outdoors I have birdhouses all over the house Even on the @ oor To attract the birds outside by putting bird feeders on the porch So I can watch the birds that come to my house Written by: A Gateways Resident Page 5 Developing Culturally Responsive Clinicians and Organizations A MHAGI Mini-Conference Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis 2506 Willowbrook Parkway, Suite 100, Indianapolis Tuesday, June 3, 2008 1:40pm 3 4:30pm with Joseph Smedley, Ph.D.<br><br> Midwest Psychological Center A panel discussion with other mental health professionals follows Dr. Smedley 9s presentation. CEU 9s have been applied for.<br><br> Cost is $15.00/person. Checks or money orders may be made out to MHAGI. Please send your payment along with your name, contact information, and if you would like CEU 9s to Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis at the above listed address or register over the phone at (317) 251-0005 to reserve your spot.<br><br> Register early 3 space is limited! First-come, M rst served. CONFERENCE - Register Today!<br><br> A Mentally Healthy Community: The Impact of Traumatic Stress Friday, May 2, 2008 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Junior Achievement Center 7435 N.<br><br> Keystone Avenue Indianapolis, Indiana Speakers : cEternal High d - A Teenager 9s Experience with De- pression and Suicide that will Change Your Life Bryce Mackie, College Freshman & Filmmaker - Battle Creek, Michigan The Impact of Trauma at Virginia Tech Tevya Zukor, PhD - Thomas Cook Counseling Cen- ter, Virginia Tech Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: History, Diagnosis & Treatment David Tarr, PhD, HSPP - Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center & IU School of Medicine Family Systems Approaches to Trauma: Understanding the Impact When Trauma Hits Home Briana S. Nelson Goff, PhD, LCMFT - Kansas State University Cost: $95 by April 23rd or $120 after.<br><br> Lunch is included. Exhibitors are welcome. CEUs and CRUs: 6.25 CEUs will be awarded from Mental Health America of Indiana to social work- ers, marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors.<br><br> 3 CRUs will be awarded from the Indiana Department of Education. Register at www.mhaindy.net or register over the phone at (317) 251-0005. Information: email@example.com or (317) 251-0005.<br><br> Surf the Web& Raise $$$$ for MHAGI Want to know how you can help MHAGI and search the internet at the same time? Just go to goodsearch.com and type in Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis in the box cWho do you Goodsearch for? d Then&every time you research information just type in your request and MHAGI receives a penny per search! 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TEE TIME!<br><br> Join us for the 4th Annual MHAGI golf classic Monday, September 29 Brickyard Crossing Noon shotgun start $800 per foursome Sponsorships available Contact firstname.lastname@example.org